The next meeting of the Association will be at the Meeting Room at the Hampton Inn @ Aviation Plaza, 501 West Edgar Road (Rt. 1 North & Stiles Street), Linden, New Jersey, at 8:00 a.m. on Tuesday, May 21, 2019.  Our Guest Speaker will be Nancy Sadlon, Phillips 66 Bayway Refinery, who will speak regarding the Blue Acres Project.

 

            Please note your diary and confirm your attendance by e-mail to cdambola@lindabury.com, so that we may make the appropriate arrangements for breakfast.  You should plan to have a substitute attend on behalf of your company if you are not able to attend.

           

Calendar of Events

May 21, 2019 (Sponsored by Phillips 66 Bayway Refinery)

June 18, 2019 (Sponsored by General Magnaplate Corp.)

September 17, 2019 (Sponsored by Lindabury, McCormick, Estabrook & Cooper PC)

October 15, 2019 (Sponsored by Infineum USA L.P.)

November 19, 2019 (Sponsored by Batteries & Bulbs)                       

         

    

 
          
        
  
 

                     



Linden Industrial Association

MINUTES OF THE ANNUAL MEETING OF THE

LINDEN INDUSTRIAL ASSOCIATION

 

            The annual meeting of the Linden Industrial Association was held on Thursday, April 18, 2019, at 5:30 p.m. at III Amici Ristorante, 1700 W. Elizabeth Avenue, Linden, NJ, pursuant to written notice thereof duly sent to all members in accordance with the provisions of the Bylaws of the Association.  The following were present:

 

Armstead, Mayor Derek         City of Linden
Barbanel, Joe                          JREZ, LLC
Battaglia, Anthony                 KAD Associates
Bukowski, Mike                      Phillips 66 Bayway Refinery
Burke, Kathleen                      A&M Industrial
Carter, Anthony                      A&M Industrial
Casey, Matt                             Cox Printers & Digital Media
Chrobak, Joseph C.                 City of Linden Department of Engineering
Coyle, James R.                      Gateway Regional Chamber of Commerce
Cromwell, Wayne                   General Magnaplate Corporation
D’Ambola, Cynthia                Lindabury, McCormick, Estabrook & Cooper, P.C.
Dann, Frank                            City Director of Public Property & Comm. Servs.
DelNegro, Connie                   Linden Warehouse & Distribution Co., Inc.
Denci, Michael                        Just in Time Chemical
Dolnick, Dave                         Phillips 66 Bayway Refinery
Dowd, Nora                            Cox Printers & Digital Media
Dulinski, Kim                         Cox Printers & Digital Media
Dulinski, Mike                        Cox Printers & Digital Media
Estabrook, James K.               Lindabury, McCormick, Estabrook & Cooper, P.C.
Fitzpatrick, Timothy               Argent Associates
Flood, Steve                            Scomage Technology for Business
Fuschetti, Dean                       Microcast Technologies Corp.
Fuschetti, Michael                   Paramount Metal Finishing Company
Gray, Hope                             Phillips 66 Bayway Refinery
Hart, Chief David                   Guest Speaker, Linden Police Department
Hickey, Gretchen                    10th Ward Councilwoman
Javick, Barry E.                      2nd Ward Councilman
Kasper, Thomas                      Unity Bank
Kaufman, Jill                           Cox Printers & Digital Media
Kaufman, Mike                       Cox Printers & Digital Media
Kidd, Chris                             Aries Energy
Kordelski, Bernie                    Total Specialties, Inc.
Lacancellera, Chris                 Paychex
Lawrence, Betsey                   Cox Printers & Digital Media
Lazaro, June                            Primerica
Lospinoso, Alex                      Linden Economic Development Corporation
Lulla, Richard                         Mott MacDonald
McLaughlin, Aubrey              A&M Industrial
Mehalick, Wendy                   Cox Printers & Digital Media
Merrill, Chief

Jeffrey W. (ret.)                      Honoree, Phillips 66 Bayway Refinery Fire Department

Merrill, Kathy                         Guest
Miller, Janet                            Cox Printers
Muccia, Chief Anthony          Phillips 66 Bayway Refinery
Nolasco, Danielle                    Samsel & Associates
Nowoslawski, Eric                  Gateway Regional Chamber of Commerce
Ormon, Lisa Ann                    1st Ward Councilwoman
Pena, Jose                                Northfield Bank
Phillips, Mary                         Phillips 66 Bayway Refinery
Pifher, Todd                            Cox Printers & Digital Media
Polanco, Briann                      Unity Bank
Pumar, Cindy                          Cox Printers & Digital Media
Rai, Bidisa                              Trinitas Health Foundation
Renna, Tina                             Renna Media
Roman, John Francis               Councilman, 6th Ward
Sadlon, Nancy                        Phillips 66 Bayway Refinery
Sanchez, Ruth                         Ink Thread
Schneekloth, John                   Mott MacDonald
Tamarelli, Wayne                   Honorary Trustee
Tattoli, Rebecca Kerins          Office of the Mayor
Tsirkas, Angie                         Northfield Bank
Villani, Courtney                    Villani Bus Company
Vanderwende, Wes                 Cox Printers & Digital Media
Weekley, Zeida                       Northfield Bank
Yamakaitis, Michele               Linden Council President
Young, David                         A&M Industrial         

           

COMMITTEE REPORTS

 

            President’s Report.  President June Lazaro welcomed the membership and honored guests to the 84th Annual Meeting of the Linden Industrial Association.  President Lazaro acknowledged and thanked the members of the City Council of the City of Linden, Mayor Armstead and his personal assistant, Rebecca Tattoli for attending.  She also extended her congratulations on behalf of the Association and its membership to Alex Lospinoso, honored as the Economic Development Director of the Year by the Gateway Chamber of Commerce as well as City C.F.O./Municipal Treasurer Alexis Zack as the Administrator of the Year.  President Lazaro also informed the membership that with the assistance of the City of Linden the LIA was assembling a list of all nonprofits currently operating in the City.  They serve an essential function and membership is always needed.  Finally, President Lazaro thanked all the sponsors who had donated money in support of the event.

           

PROGRAM

 

            President June Lazaro was pleased to introduce the Honorable Derek Armstead, Mayor of the City of Linden.  They Mayor likewise extended his congratulations to Alex Lospinoso, Alexis Zack and Rebecca Tattoli.  The Mayor was pleased to lead a very diverse City containing one of the strongest residential and industrial bases in the County.  That strong base had helped it to weather economic storms in the past and will do so in the future.  The Mayor was also proud of the cultural, religious and ethnic diversity that the City was known for.

 

            Development in the City continues at a feverish pace with multiple mixed retail and residential developments underway.  For instance, there are 145 new housing units going in on South Avenue by the Train Station Transit Village, another 400 units along West Elizabeth Avenue, 114 units on St. George Avenue.  The latter was of particular importance to the Mayor as the St. George Avenue property had been economically depressed for over 30 years, so it was heartwarming to see it finally turn around. 

 

            On the industrial side, the Mayor was pleased to report that there was a new processing plant that was being considered by the City of Linden to turn City sludge into a charcoal based fertilizer.  Legacy Square, the old GM site, continues to be developed and Walmart will be the anchor store amongst a multitude of new stores along Route 1.  Tremley Point will be housing 4.1 million square feet of warehousing space, hopefully in the near future.

 

            During this time period of development, the City has had a zero tax increase even though it has yet to collect a single nickel from any of these new developments.  The Mayor is excited to see the improvements the City can make once the tax revenue from these new developments come on line with the City budget.

 

            The Mayor wanted to assure the membership that the Linden Industrial Association will serve an important role in this new dynamic business environment in the City.  As the City moves from an industrial, manufacturing base to more warehousing and retail, he hopes that the Linden Industrial Association will be an advocate for hiring Linden first.  The new businesses should look to local residents to satisfy their employment needs.

 

            June Lazaro was pleased to introduce the featured speaker of the evening, Chief David Hart of the Linden Police Department.  Chief Hart informed the membership that he had been serving as Chief in the City for the last year and one-half and thanked the Mayor and Council for their support in his efforts to bring the Police Department up to its full staff from a significant deficiency a number of years ago.  In 2018 the Police Department responded to 63,386 incidents.  Those were composed of 2,545 accidents, 218 of which were driving while under the influence which was the highest in Union County.  Of greatest concern, the Police Chief reported that Narcan use in the City was at the rate of 66 in 2018, again, the highest in the County.  Narcan is used in opioid overdoses.

 

Currently, the Police Department is composed of 139 officers, 35 of which are bilingual and 12 are female.  This is a very young Department, 21 officers have five to ten years of experience and 59 officers have under five years of experience.  Twenty-seven new Police Officers were hired since 2017.  Eleven officers are currently in field training, while two new recruits are completing their work at the Police Academy.

 

The Police Chief reported about his ongoing goals which he reports on at a weekly meeting with the Command Structure, which is composed of five divisions.  He is interested in increasing Community Policing, decreasing violent crime and burglaries. 

 

The 2018/2019 highlights for the Police Department show that Linden was the first municipality in all of Union County to have 100% of its officers with body cameras.  He likes the utilization of body cameras as it builds trust between the community and the Police Department.  The City’s homicide rate was the lowest in Union County (9) and the lowest in the City in 50 years.  Overall crimes in the City are down, but there are some discouraging trends such as an increase in phone/internet scams, an increase in car burglaries and an unfortunate rise in mental health issues.

 

In 2019, the Police Chief’s initiatives are to increase the amount of commuter parking, greater Citywide traffic enforcement, continued emphasis on Community Policing, an increase in Department wide training, placement of Police Officers in each one of the public schools, and an increase in crisis intervention training.

 

To carry out his goal of increased Community Policing, the Chief was pleased to report that in 2018 the Police Department was at 159 community events, including appearances at school events, faith-based outreach and the Police Unity Tour to Washington, DC.

 

Some new projects for the Police Department on the near horizon include creation of a Special Needs Registry to identify residents who have special physical or psychological needs in case an emergency occurs at their home.  The Police Chief is in favor of the Nixle community alert notifications as well as the reverse 911 program.  The Police Chief would like to see more medication drop boxes and increased utilization of Facebook, Twitter and Instagram at the Police Department.  The Police Chief is also working on trying to get a virtual block watch by registering every privately owned camera in the City, so in case there is a crime, he knows which residences and establishments have cameras the Police Department can look at to gain further evidence as to the perpetrator of the crime. 

 

Statewide initiatives that will impact upon the City have been the bail reform legislation passed during the Christie Administration, which moved to a risk-based system and away from the monetary bail system.  Continued issues in the opioid epidemic, possible legalization of recreational marijuana and the immigrant directives.

 

Overall, the Police Chief is extremely proud of the entire Police Department and its integration in the community of the City of Linden and the County of Union.  The Police Chief likes to use a TEAM approach which stands for “Together Everyone Achieves More.”

           

Committee Reports

 

            Membership. The 1st Vice President Bernie Kordelski reported we have several new Members including:

 

Unity Bank (Thomas Kasper, Relationship Manager, Brianna Polanco, Asst. Relationship Manager)
NEMA Associates, Inc. (Juan Carlos Lopez, Pres., Nicholas Lopez, Integrated Marketing)
ServPro of Central Union County & Western Essex County (Bob Morrison, Principal)
Brinkerhoff Environmental Engineering (Robert Sobol, Manager Client Services)
Paychex (Chris Lacancellera, Principal, and Ray Guerrero); and
Just In Time Chemical (Michael Denci, President, Kerry Yoncak, Operations Manager)

 

In addition to dues, the Membership continues to support the Association by sponsoring the monthly membership meetings.  Sponsors this year included Pennoni, Infineum USA LP, Total Specialties, Inc., Phillips 66 Bayway Refinery, Cox Printers & Digital Media, A&M Industrial, General Magnaplate Corp., and Lindabury, McCormick, Estabrook & Cooper, P.C.

 

The success of the monthly breakfast meetings is due to the generous gift of time and expertise of our excellent speakers, who this year included:

 

An update on the state of the City of Linden by Mayor Derek Armstead;
Chris Beriont, Alan Lloyd and Ralph Coppola spoke about the engineering services provided by LIA Member Pennoni;
A legal update by John H. Schmidt, Esq., Lindabury, McCormick, Estabrook & Cooper;
A political analysis by James R. Coyle, President of the Gateway Regional Chamber of Commerce;
Mayor Raymond A. Giacobbe provided an update on our neighbor, Rahway;
An ergonomics safety presentation by Michael Hamilton, A&M Industrial; and
A tax update by Cathy Davis, CPA, and Len Sprishen, Esq., of MSPC Certified Public Accountants

 

Our guest speaker in May will be Nancy Sadlon, Phillips 66 Bayway Refinery, who will speak regarding Blue Acres, and in June, Vinnie Ragusa, Regional Director of Legg Mason-PFS who will speak regarding “Preservation of Retirement Assets”.

 

            Treasurer’s Report.  James K. Estabrook, Esq., Secretary to the LIA, presented the Annual Treasurer’s Report prepared by Treasurer Cynthia D’Ambola as of December 31, 2018, reflecting that the Association remains solvent with a reserve of $38,317.66.

 

            Nominations.  Second Vice President Kathleen Burke presented the Nominations Report for both Officers and the Board of Trustees for 2019/2020.  Upon motion duly made and seconded, the following slate presented by the Nominations Committee was unanimously approved:

 

Officers:

 

President                   June A. Lazaro                     (Primerica)                          

1st Vice President       Bernie Kordelski                  (Total Specialties USA, Inc.)

2nd Vice President      Kathleen Burke                    (A&M Industrial Supply Co.)

Secretary                  James K. Estabrook, Esq.       (Lindabury, McCormick, Estabrook & Cooper)

Treasurer                 Cynthia D’Ambola                  (Lindabury, McCormick, Estabrook & Cooper)

 

Trustees:

 

June Lazaro                  (Ex Officio)
Bernie Kordelski          (Ex Officio)
Kathleen Burke             (Ex Officio)
Joseph Barbanel           (JREZ, LLC)
Lois I. Bass                  (Infineum USA L.P.)
Angel Cartagena           (Batteries Plus Bulbs
Wayne Cromwell         (General Magnaplate)
Rich Lulla                    (Mott MacDonald)
Janet Miller                  (Cox Printers & Digital Media)
Natalie Sesto                (Cogen Technologies Linden Venture L.P.)

 

            LIA Business and Community Awards.  The Linden Industrial Association and its Officers and Trustees were proud to present the 2019 LIA Business and Community Contribution Award to Janet Miller, Cox Printers & Digital Media, and a LIA Distinguished Service Award to Chief Jeffrey W. Merrill (ret.), Phillips 66 Bayway Refinery Fire Department.

 

            There being no further matters to come before the meeting, it was adjourned at 8:00 p.m.   The next meeting, sponsored by Phillips 66 Bayway Refinery will be held on Tuesday, May 21, 2019, at 8:00 a.m. at The Hampton Inn @ Aviation Plaza.

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

 

 

                                                                        James K. Estabrook, Esq., Secretary Type your paragraph here.